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with a tube in her throat to help her breathe. also in indiana, a rescue of the four-legged variety. >> this is trigger. >> trigger and tyson were found hiding in the rubble of their owner's home in henryville. and one official says there is, quote, total devastation in parts of the surrounding county. 15 deaths have been reported so far across the state. . -- captions by vitac -- this is "cnn saturday morning." it's march 3rd, and i'm david mattingly. tornadoes shred through the midwest and south killing more than 30 people, and there is a new threat of storms today. then in two hours washington
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state republicans will officially select who they think should go up against barack obama. could ron paul finally win one? bus t we begin with the ferocious killer storms that went through the midwest and southern u.s. at least 32 people are dead. now the frantic search is on for survivors, and there are new threat this morning of more severe weather. the monster storm stretched from the deep south, alabama, across the border into tennessee and all the way north into indiana. one of the hardest hit areas, henryville, indiana. a tornado leveled entire neighborhoods. school buses ended up slamming into buildings. businesses were demolished. >> lord, take this away from us. take this away from us. >> these people in kentucky prayed as the monster storm came close to them. national guard troops have been deployed there and in indiana.
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in an instent tornadoes destroyed homes and turned lives upside down. here's what living through a tornado is like through a survivor's own words. >> everywhere you look there's just a story like this, a bus into a building, a mobile home completely flattened, just major damage everywhere in this area. >> everything was beating around our heads. we thank god we made it. >> i looked up and i was talking to my daughter across the street and i looked up and i seen debris everywhere. next thing i knew, i thought it was a dream. >> there's gas leaks. the houses are all completely demolished back there, completely to the ground. >> the building shook, the lights went off. the noise was incredible.
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>> baseball-sized haim that i can't honestly tell you what's going on. >> it was just like you were on a wave scale, you were going like this, the next thing i know, i'm pushing tables, refrigerators, freezers, whatever i had on me off of me. >> it seem liked the house was just lifted up and then just dropped. >> the roof fell in and the glass was everyplace. but while i was under the table, i said, lord, make this pass, and it did. >> hour after hour this morning we have seen just how powerful these tornadoes can be. and the tornadoes could keep
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coming today. meteorologist bonnie schneider is in the severe weather center with the latest on the areas that may still be hit, bonnie. >> that's right, david. this is not over yet. i wish i could say the threat has passed, but it has not, especially for georgia and for florida. that's where we have tornado warnings right now when i go to the map and show you where they are. you'll see they're highlighted in pink. that's where the tornado warnings are. i have three to tell you about. let's go to the south right along the georgia/florida border. we have warnings in northeastern florida. south central georgia, southeastern decatur county, also in southwest georgia and southern grady county. and now as we head further to the east, we see a second one. these tornado warnings have another 15 minutes to go, but, still, if you're in morvin or georgia, southeast georgia, take cover. this is to the north of valdosta. we're seeing very strong thunderstorms, supercell thunderstorms that show rotation that could produce a tornado at
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any time. we're watching for a tornado watch. this is important to note because it will continue throughout the day today. right now it's until 2:00 today. this includes areas into florida, tallahassee. i mentioned valdosta. you can see off to the west, we still have heavy bands of rain along i-10 to the south and east of mobile, alabama. some of those southeastern parishes of louisiana getting clipped with severe weather as well. but i think the worst of it is into florida and southern alabama and certainly in the carolinas. the big picture shows you that we're not only watching this tornado wedge but you can see heavy lines of severe weather working their way into south carolina at this hour. you can also see heavy rain starting to come into north carolina and virginia. as far as the northeast goes, we haven't seen too much of an impact yet. really light scattered showers through philadelphia, boston, and washington. a couple more wintry weather popping up into maine. overall it's really the area in the southeast that's facing that severe weather threat.
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here's the tornado watch. it has increased in size. you can see it's pushed further down to the south and east. as the storms work their way to the north and east. they're moving at around 35 miles an hour. we still have ways go before the threat passes. right now the area we're watching, southern georgia, south carolina, even parts of north carolina including wilmington and then into northern florida. so this is an area that we're watching. keep in mind we're not looking at the same level of threat today that we saw yesterday, not the expansiveness of it. in fact, what enwe looked aet the storm reports it was just incredible, the numbers. 758 total storm reports. of those 758, 95 were tornado reports. that means somebody saw a tornado and reported it. whether or not it will be confirmed, we'll get that data later. it's importantet to know we have an incredible number of reports. that includes wind reports and hail. if you're wondering if that's typical this time of year, it is not. normally we don't see this much
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of tornadic activity. yushtly it's in may, not march. we're getting started off unfortunately with a lot of activity for the first two days of march. david? >> we certainly are, bonnie. thank you. in small towns like henryville, the full extent of the damage may not be known until the search and rescue crews finish their work. that's where chris welch is there. chris, what do you see? >> reporter: well, david, henryville was one of the hardest hit areas as a result of the storms and tornado yesterday. i want to show you where we are standing. this was henryville high school and attached to it is henryville high school. now completely demolished. there were -- there's about 1,400 students that go to school, the combined schools. all of them made it out completely unharmed. i want to show you something particularly interesting. this is quite a picture. look at this school bus. this school bus at this time
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yesterday was parked in that lot just in front of the high school that we just panned over from. it now sits through the wall of a diner, and it was -- the winds were even so strong it blew the body of the bus right off of its chassis and then through the inside of the building. there were folks in the basement of the diner. that i got out unharmed. thankfully there were no students on the bus. not everyone was so lucky. stories will be told for a long time. >> when say say it sounds like a freight train coming through, they mean it sa. >> reporter: from tallahassee to indiana to blame, towns woke up to a dramatically different landscape than the day before. >> the temperatures were fluctuating before the tornado probably 20 des from each other in the change of a split of a second and the hail was probably baseball or tennis ball size. >> reporter: it comes on the heels of another band of storms
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this week that devastated towns like harrisburg, illinois. one said an early outbreak so early in the season could be a warning of what's to come. >> it tells you we're going to have more active outbreaks. we're not in peak season until may. this is just a precursor of what's coming. >> reporter: but here in henryville, they're likely not thinking that far ahead, instead, trying to comprehend how their lives drastically changed in just one day. >> i'm just thankful we all survived this. like you said, material things can be replaced, the house can be replaced. we've got places to stay, you know, warmth, food, you know. i don't have to worry about that. >> reporter: i also want to point out that last night they found a 2-year-old toddler in a field about ten miles or so away from henryville. it was not immediately clear how the toddler ended up in the field, but it was airlifted to a hospital, remains in critical
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condition. they're not releasing the identity at this point, but thankfully -- actually thanks to media report and the attention was received the baby was identified, but it's just another reminder of the severity of these storms, david. >> just a reminder about how you can find so many just amazing things in the aftermath. i mean this 2-year-old out in the middle of the field blown from who knows where in critical condition. we were all hoping that she recovers. but at the same time we're hoping so many people hit by this storm recovers. chris, thanks so much, and we look forward to your continuing reporting out there. in tennessee tornados may have touched down in nine separate counties. an ireporter captured some of that crazy weather that hit the state. it forced i-24 to close for hours because of downed power lines.
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cnn meteorologist rob marciano is on the phone in tennessee where homes were ripped off to their -- down to their foundations. rob? >> reporter: as many as 20 homes completely destroyed in the area where we are and well over a hundred homes in the northern chattanooga area have been damaged to the point where they're not liveable. most folks have found shelter elsewhere at hotels, community shelters and just now they're beginning to work their way back to their homes to once again start to sift through things. as you know in several hours serval more storms swept through including tornadoes. it was a frustrating, at times frightening afternoon and scary night as well. the sunrise has come out. it's a much more calm day and they're going to begin to pick up the pieces. i can tell you this.
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with all the heavy equipment coming in to help clear out the debris, thousands of trees are down around here. of course, power lines and power poles are down as well. roads are tight. in this part of the world, it's not flat by any stretch of the imagination. you've about got the tennessee river that cuts through basically just west of the appalachians and east to a plateau. it is very hilly and some of these neighborhoods are very tight. we eesk been forced to move once again because our satellite truck doesn't allow very much room for the vehicles that really need to do the work they need to do to get through. we had to leave a particular area and let those crews get back to work. it's going to be a long haul, though, david, as it will be in many places. we're still happy to report that zero fatalities in the state of tennessee, and that's been the one bright spot in this horrible, horrible early march tornado outbreak in the u.s. >> that is good news. ron paul hasn't won a primary or caucus yet, but
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i might get a job once we graduate. focusing now on politics for a moment, in about two hours, washington state's caucuses begin. voters there will decide which republican they believe should run against president obama. let's turn to cnn's deputy political director paul steinhauser, who's live in our nation's capitol. paul, the big question is could ron paul actually pull out a victory here? >> reporter: he could. he's been out there campaigning
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and he's got ads in the state. it is game day for washington state. for the first time they're really a power player in primary politics. why? because of timing. they're three days ahead of super tuesday. ron paul, mitt romney, rick santorum, even newt gingrich, they've all been out there, they've all campaigned in washington state. and it's not just the four delegates up for grabs. it's basically momentum. they're hoping if they do well today it will carry over to super tuesday when ten states evoke. take a listen to what some of the candidates are saying about washington state. >> everybody's focused in on super tuesday, but you are the voice. you are the voice that's going to speak very loudly before super tuesday and put this race on a whole other plain. >> there will goiare going to bh of states that make up their mind in the next cupping of days, but you guys are first. your voices will be heard. >> coverage will be out there all day tonight.
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we'll have tonight wolf blitzer, gloria, best team on tv. live coverage of the washington state caucuses. david? >> paul, i've got one more question. we've got super tuesday coming up. all the candidates are talking about. all of them want to have the momentum going into it. what sort of preview do we have here? >> ten states across the country. 419 delegates up for grabs on super tuesday. that's why it's such a big deal. remember, this is a battle for dell datega delegates. there's a look at them as far east as vermont and massachusetts. let's talk about ohio, arguably the most important of the states. especially for santorum and washington. this came out yesterday from quinnipia quinnipi quinnipiac. rick santorum used to be up higher but according to a surveys he's up. romney at 31%. newt gingrich, ron paul at 12%.
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newt gingrich needs to win his home state if he can continue on in his drive for the nomination. >> so tomorrow it's going to be a very important day. everybody at the postgame interview from washington and ron paul's going to be on state of the union tomorrow. who knows. maybe he'll have a little victory dance for us. we'll see what happens. >> could. a program note. join fret dricka whitfield ever sunday afternoon with the presidential election updates. wolf blitzer and the political team will host the cnn political round table. it's a live insider chat about the day's implications for the presidential race. go to now, a big spike in consumer complaints. we'll tell you how to avoid the biggest scams. stay with us. with my vial and syringe. me, drawing my insulin dose. and me the day i discovered novolog flexpen.
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here's a number that might surprise you. last year close to 2 million people filed consumer complaint. you might have been one of them. with the federal trade commission. that's up more than 20% from 2010. financial analyst clyde anderson joined me earlier to explain the reason for that spike. >> you really have to go back and look at the economy. people are hurting. people are looking for ail interpretive ways to make money, so they're making money off of the people that are clueless and really don't know what's going
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on, and they're oblivious. >> what were some of the top complaints. >> one of the top complaints we're seeing a lot of are the imposters. we're seeing a lot of imposters. you probably have gotten an e-mail that says i'm stuck in another country, please wire quickly. you may know someone. some people respond. they wire money because they think this is a family member, their friend. they can't get in touch with them and they want to help them and they've sent money, so they end up sending money to scammers. >> they send it and they don't gettet back. >> they don't get it back. you have to make sure you go in and confirm. reach out to that person, contact them. confirm the story before you wire money. last year the ftc said people played $1.5 billion in fraudulent schemes. >> yes. >> that's bigger than the economy in some entire countries. >> it's a big business. >> how do you protect yourself from that?
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>> do your homework. sometimes a debt collector will do it and it may be a real debt or it may not be. sometimes they prey on people with negative or challenged credit and say, hey, you owe us money. you owe us. they bully you and intimidate you, say we'll get you arrested. you take control of the conversation, ask questions, get their contact information, how do they reach them, account numbers and questions. make sure you're on top of it. new tornado watches and warnings are out right now. we'll check in with meteorologist bonnie schneider, plus the search is on for trapped tornado survivors. we'll talk about the most common injuries rescue crews will probably see as they go about their work. stay with us. hicle. sir, can you hear me? two, three. just hold the bag. we need a portable x-ray, please! [ nurse ] i'm a nurse. i believe in the power of science and medicine.
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warning. this comes from the national weather service in tallahassee. that's where you're seeing it in brooks county, central thomas county. this we'll see continuing for another 30 minutes or so. you'll see. it might get extended. all right. here's a new one. this one goes into south carolina. we're watching this very closely. we could see a tornado touch down at any time. we're also monitoring new video coming in from knoxville where we had storm damage in tennessee. people still taking a look around to see what happened and the storm surveys will be determining the strength of the tornado by looking at pictures like that as well. david? >> thanks, bonnie. as we've been telling you, rescue crews search for the missing and the injured and there's a chance the death kol could rise even higher. earlier i spoke with a doctor about the types of injuries these crews might expect to see. >> the most common injuries are going to be from blowing glass
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or debris, things like cuts, scrapes, and bruises. the more deadly bruises are again being thrown by a tornado or something being tossed as you, brain injured, chest injuries or both. >> there's debris flying, all sorts of lacerations, people can have broken bones, things like that. it's almost like getting hit by a car. >> you can make that analogy or an explosion. tornadoes can pick you up, throw you around, pick you up to a high height and drop you quickly. gravity takes over. these are devastating injuries potentially. >> as far as the people that have been found and they're going out and doing an incredible search this morning, trying to find other people that might be trapped. do you expect based on the types of injuries, do you expect the death toll to go higher? >> i hope not but it wouldn't surprise me. you're going to find people as the sunrise comes out under that debris. with severe injuries that time
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looking at our top stories now, new tornado warnings and watches are out at this moment for southern georgia, florida, and the carolinas. also, a massive outbreak of storms throughout the south and midwest has claimed at least 32 lives. lines of storms carved a path of destrukz from blame all the way to ohio. the national guard has been called out to help in kentucky and indiana, the two hardest hit states. b.p. says it will pay nearly $8 billion to settle claims related to the worst oil spill in u.s. history. a group representing the plaintiffs said the amount will, quote, fully compensate the victims. the three-month-long spill happened after an explosion on the deep water horizon oil rig operated by b.p. 11 people were killed in that explosion. family and friends are gathered for daniel parmertor's
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funeral right now. he's one of three teenagers killed in a school shooting in chardon, ohio. two other students were hospitalized. another was grazed by gunfire. chardon high school reopened to students yesterday where their principal led a moment of silence. grief counselors and police were also on campus. let's get back now to our top story this morning. an even clearer picture is emerging now of just how enormous the outbreak of tornadoes and the scope of the devastation that we've been able to see, and that is coming from you. some of the most powerful images and vivid accounts are coming from cnn ireports. josh levs has been going through the reports this morning. josh, i know you've got some things to show us that are just jaw dropping. >> good morning to you. good morning, everyone. i will tell you our ireporters are literally everywhere. everyone can be an ireporter.
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we have a really good example of someone who caught a really powerful video last night. we've been talking to you about henryville, indiana, and what happened yesterday afternoon. here's someone who was just west of henryville. this is our ireporter chad hinton who said this. at about 3:00 in the afternoon, look at that. huge, huge tornado. this is someone who was driving home along indiana highway 60 for those who know the area. they'd gotten out of work early, he says, and were heading home to seek shelter. he set up his phone to get video as he was going home, and look at what he got there. this is a very telling piece of video, and what you think about what we've been showing you today about what happened in henryville. this was taken about the time that that tornado had been working its way into henryville. so that, right there, folks, is the size of the tornado that brought so much destruction to that area where we have been reporting today. that's just one example.
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there's also other parts of the country who faced different elements, including major hail. take a look at this. just listen. you see that flag waving like crazy, the winds and the hail which he said was at least the size of eyeballs. this was shot in downtown chattanooga. he had been walking with his wrestling team when the violence starts. the pieces of hail -- i've seen some close-ups of the hail that struck chattanooga. in some cases to me, looks like even bigger than golf balls. you can -- you can feel the pounding when you watch the video. let me tell you all, we only show videos in which we're confident that people did not go to any danger at all and did what they were told to do, heeding all the warnings authorities told them to heed. take a look at this. what we have here is a series of still photos that show you some
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of the devastation partly from yesterday, some from this morning, and now that we're seeing more of the aftermath and also from recent days. this right here is madison county, alabama. i'm going to scroll through some of these photos before i jump to one more thing. in so many cases people lost homes, livelihoods, impassable roads. schools closed. this was at one time someone's front door. cars smashed into little bits. all of this heartwrenching. look at this right here. this is absolutely shocking. this is from harrisburg, which we've not forgotten which was something that happened last week. very quickly, let me remind those who want to help. is the way you can help out. i have the links to this and we're talking do you all day on social media. facebook and twitter. all the latest there, go ahead and share your stories, any photos or video.
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david, i'll be back next hour with even more. >> i'm sure you will, josh. thanks very much. he makes an important note to all of you ireporters. take the pictures. don't take the chances. now, on to southern indiana that was particularly hit hard by the storms, this is what remains of henryville high school. storm chaser jeff piatrotski was there. earlier he talked about how he was able to help some of the kids get out of the school before the tornado pretty much leveled the building. listen. >> the tornado hit through he y henryville and as the tonight went through there, it was about three or four minutes. the second storm was rapidly approaching us. as we made or way through town, we saw the areas of destruction. we realized it was a school. we drove by the school and took
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shelter. there was baseball sized hail. we received damage to our window, windows blown up. i saw people running up to the school. i asked if there was somebody in the school and they said yes, there is. at this time we ran up to the school and found kids were trapped in part of the building. particularly one kid was in an after school area and it took about 45 minutes to get the kids out of school after the second storm passed and the second tornado passed with baseball hail and took them to another shelter back to the north end of the school. >> so many times when you're out there and your john job as a chaser is to put out the information to help people get out of harm's way. these people were already in harm's way. how often is it you have to pull over and intervene like this to actually help people? >> more than you realize. it's common. it goes with the territory. especially yesterday. these tornados were hitting 60,
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we've got some new video to show you, streaming online from marysville, indiana. we're watching this as it's coming in. buildings flattened, trees stripped bear. there's all sorts of debris all over the place, this is one more indication of the widespread damage, the power of these storms as they ripped through. i'm not sure what that structure was. you can see it was completely flattened as we're panning over to the right. some empty fields, obviously a rural area. and over here you can see the town's water tower in the background and some poles standing up that apparently used to be some sort of structure there too. roof, walls gone completely. earlier when we were running this, i could hear in the background the ever-present sound of chain saws in the background.
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that is a sign that tells you that this community is already working to clean up some of the debris and to try and get back on with its life and recover. something that's happening in so many places, so many states, so many counties in town across the country right now. damage from the storms has extended all of the way into georgia. dozens of homes damaged overnight and parts of the state were under a tornado watch until 5:00 this morning. jennifer mayerly is on the phone from dallas, georgia. jennifer, what did you see there? >> right now we're at poole elementary school. this is one area hard hit. the school has six classrooms that were actually damaged. you can see the roof has completely come off. you can see all the way to the sky in six classrooms. on one side there's an exterior wall completely blew out.
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trailers that were no longer being used tipped on its sight. an interesting site over here. they've been working all morning. i talked with the superintendent of paulding county schooling. the interesting thing he said was thank goodness it happened at 9:30 at night when nobody was here instead of 9:30 in the morning when kids would have been in the classroom. you can see the clocks stopped at a certain time around when the storm actually blew through this area. again, just in these classrooms, the ceiling has fallen in. a lot of the artwork on the walls is drenched with water. just a lot of damage here. also damage all around paulding county. just in a subdivision across the street from the school, several homes were damaged. we're hearing as many as 40 homes. another subdivision, four homes completely destroyed. the airport which is near this area as well in dallas, one
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hangar was destroyed. there was damage to one of the runw runways. we're hearing as many as 22 planes were damaged. >> in fact, jennifer, while you were talking about them, with gi -- we geevts video rolling. we can see the planes smashed, flipped over. it looks like nothing could have held them down when the storms came through. >> they were telling us for a while it wasn't safe to be in the airport area because there was so much damage. they weren't sure if fuel had leaked or what was going on in the area. but we are understanding that they're going to have an update for us around 1:00 today on exactly how extensive the damage was at the airport. again, the planes just flipped over. you can see how powerful that wind must have been to move those very heavy aircraft and kind of throw them around like that. >> right. and some video we were looking at a little bitter ler from this same area as you were talking about it. there were very substantial homes, two-story homes that
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looked well built, tops sheared off of them. do they have any idea how strong a tornado came through? >> they don't know. i talked with a couple of teenaged boys, they were home with their mother. they heard the wind whipping around and it got quiet. they went in the hallway, sat down and prayed, and hoped they were going to being o. really what they talked about wasn't just that loud whipping noise and wondering what was going on around them as they sat in the hallway kind of hunkered down. >> that's exactly the place they needed to be. we're looking at video showing the homes. the exterior is completely demolished. it seems like the only same place would have been a closet right smack in the middle of that house. so i assume that's where people were going to be taking shelter. >> the one good thing we heard about paulding county, there
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were no deaths or injuries. everyone heeded the warnings and got to safe spots in their homes to ride out the storm. the boys said, hey, we were okay. even near the elementary school, when they have a tornado drill, the kids get into the interior hallways and they have four wings of the school, and while there were classrooms damaged on the front side and an exterior wall that blew out on the backside, but the area where the kids were supposed to go was absolutely fine. we always say go to the interior hallways where you're going to be safest. >> that's right. we're so glad that people heeded the warnings. it probably saved their lives. jennifer,ing that you very much. reporting from paulding county outside of the atlanta metro area. we'll be right back. s. after a morning of walk-ups, it's back to more pain, back to more pills. the evening showings bring more pain and more pills. sealing the deal... when, hang on...
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now, my time is almost up today but the newsroom continues at the top of the hour with fredricka whitfield. what have you got for us? >> we're going to keep an eye on the storms that are threatening states along the east coast and our legal guys will be with us as they always are. avery and richard are very fascinated with the nicollette sheridan case, the former
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desperate housewife is suing for her job back for one or at least back pay in the amount of millions. she's also alleging that the show creator assaulted her. our legal guys will weigh in as to whether or not she stands a pretty good chance of getting what she believes she is owed. and then katy perry, the singer, she's multi-talented and you'll see that in a new video game that she is now the subject of. and our marc saltzman is going to give us an inside preview of what this game is all about and why and how it will be up to adults and kids to decide how she sounds and her new look, what color her hair should be, all that good stuff. and then if you're thinking about changing careers, you need to ask yourself at least five questions. valerie burton will be along to kind of test your skills at whether you should determine is it time to change my career. among the questions to ask yourself, what am i missing in my current career that i want in my new one and then there are four others. something to think about. >> some heavy questions for a
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saturday. >> i know, because it's a big thing to consider, whether you want a career change. of course we'll keep you posted, everybody, on the weather situation. new images, new eyewitness accounts, all that straight ahead beginning at noon. full day. >> looking forward to it. thank you very much. radio host rush limbaugh calls a female law student an offensive name. and president obama responds with a phone call. that story is next. steady jobs across our country... ... scientists, technicians, engineers, machinists... ... adding nearly 400 billion dollars to our economy... we're at work providing power to almost a quarter of our homes and businesses... ... and giving us cleaner rides to work and school... and tomorrow, we could do even more. cleaner, domestic, abundant and creating jobs now. we're america's natural gas. the smarter power, today. learn more at
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the debate over women's rights and contraception got even more heated this week with radio host rush limbaugh stoking the fire. he used nasty language to describe a coed who argued for free contraception last week. and his comments have both sides digging in their heels. here's senior congressional correspondent, dana bash. >> reporter: explosive comments, even for rush limbaugh. >> what does it say about the college coed, susan fluke, who goes before a congressional committee and essentially says that she must be paid to have sex. what does that make her? it makes her a slut, right?
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makes her a prostitute. she wants to be paid to have sex. >> reporter: sandra fluke is a georgetown university law student who appeared at a democratic event last week arguing the obama administration rule requiring free contraception is critical for women's health. we played limbaugh's comments for fluke. >> to hear someone like rush limbaugh with millions of viewers call you a slut? >> i think i probably felt -- well, i know i felt probably the way many women do when they are called those types of names. initially hurt and then very quickly upset and just outraged because someone is trying to silence you. >> reporter: politically, limbaugh played right into the democrats playbook, called gop opposition to free contraception a war on women. >> i rise this morning to say to rush limbaugh, shame on you. >> reporter: the house democrats campaign committee tried to raise money from the issue, and
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democrats circulated a letter demanding gop leaders repudiate limbaugh. friday morning house speaker john boehner did just that, a rare slap at a powerful republican mouthpiece with a dig at democrats too. a spokesman saying the speaker obviously believes the use of those words was inappropriate, as is trying to raise money off the situation. but limbaugh is hardly backing down. >> the woman comes forth with this frankly hilarious claim that she's having so much sex and her buddies with her that she can't afford it. and not one person says did you ever think about maybe backing off the amount of sex that you have? did you ever think maybe it's your responsibility for your own birth control, not everybody else's? >> well, i don't think the women of america find it hilarious. >> reporter: it's in the democrats' interest to keep the story going.
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fluke also got a call from president obama. >> were you surprised to get a call from the president of the united states? >> yeah, it certainly wasn't on my calendar for the day. but i was happy to add that to the schedule. he thanked me for speaking out and being willing to do this and for helping to magnify of the voices of women around the country. >> reporter: on the presidential campaign trail, mitt romney wouldn't answer a question about limbaugh, but rick santorum, who vee vehemently condemns the president's policy on contraception told wolf blitzer limbaugh is, quote, being absurd. since dana filed her piece, romney has responded during a campaign stop. he said he would not have used the language limbaugh used. he then said he wanted to focus on an issue he considers significant, mainly jobs. well, now cnn newsroom continues with fredricka whitfield. thanks for having me. i'm going to turn you over to a real professional here. >> oh, you are the real
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professional. i know you've been juggling a whole lot all morning long. we've got quite the load this afternoon too. we're going to talk about politics and of course the big story driving forth today, the storm. thanks so much, david. good to see you. >> you too. so let's talk more now about the tornado watches and the warnings for the carolinas, florida, and georgia. at this hour residents in towns across the south and midwest are examining the damage as well. the result of a monster storm that produced huge, powerful twisters in nine states. more than 30 people are dead and many more are injured. rescue crews are out in force right now searching for any survivors who may be trapped under mounds of the debris that you're seeing right there. the path of destruction is massive. stretching from texas to virginia. and the severe weather threat is still not over. we have reporters all over the region. but first let's go to that hardest-hit state of indiana, where the governor has just
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